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Flyers lose Boucher for season; Giroux questionable

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PHILADELPHIA -- The return of Philadelphia goalie Brian Boucher to prominence will have be put on hold for the remainder of the playoffs.

Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com Tuesday afternoon that Boucher suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee and will miss at least a month. Even if the Flyers were to reach the Stanley Cup Final, Boucher's season is all but finished.

Also, Holmgren said forward Claude Giroux, who was boarded by Boston's Steve Begin with three minutes remaining in the second period Monday, was tested for a concussion. Giroux, who also injured his left shoulder on the hit, would not confirm the test or its results.

When CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio asked Giroux about his availability for Game 6 Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, TSN, CSN-PH, NESN), the second-year forward said, via text, "I'm not too sure yet. We'll know more (Wednesday)."

"It's a dangerous hit (on Giroux), and this time of year there's a lot at stake and you see it frequently," Holmgren said. "Is it a late hit? By the standards we use, probably not because things happen pretty quickly out there."

Boucher was injured 4:35 into the second period. He was on his knees to make a save when teammate Ryan Parent and Boston forward Miroslav Satan collided with him, landing on Boucher's legs and pushing the goaltender backward, his left leg caught underneath. He immediately threw off his blocker and grabbed his leg in agony.

Backup goalie Michael Leighton, who stopped all 14 shots he faced to finish the 4-0 shutout, will play going forward.

Further details regarding Giroux's injury likely will be made available during Wednesday's morning skate at Wachovia Center. Faceoff for Game 6 is slated for 8 p.m. The Bruins lead the best-of-seven series, 3-2.
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